Magnus Roe comments

Posted in: 28-year-old man dies while sunbathing in his home garden See in context

kohakuebisuToday 12:11 am JSTPoor guy, I wonder Pocari's main ingredient is "sugar" which is half glucose, the body's preferred sugar. Pocari has around 20 calories per 100ml, while orange juice will be close to 250 calories, again in the form of fructose.

No, orange juice does not have over five times as many calories as Coke. :p

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Posted in: Talent agency suspends 11 comedians for 'underground business' See in context

Yes, the talent agencies typically get around 70%, so doing gigs on the side isn't likely to go down well at all.

The "anti social" party is just a convenient peg to hook this on.

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Posted in: Schoolgirls chase suspected train groper and get timely assist from tripper See in context

1738Kwaaa!!June 3 09:08 am JST

She had been experiencing similar harassment for a month? Has she been showing so much cleavage in those school uniforms? I know Japanese high schools like dressing skimpy.

Ugh some people.

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Posted in: Chinese tourism to U.S. drops for 1st time in 15 years See in context

No, that's not going to happen, but probably Taiwan and Vietnam.

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Posted in: Police question man for not looking good in a suit; turns out he bought it with stolen money See in context

Didn't the exact same thing happen last year too?

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

Tmarie seems to think people have a fair chance at getting any kind of job in any country by knowing English. I think you need to open your eyes, lingua franca is only relevant in the UN and in certain tiger states that down prioritized their own languages. Try working in France or Italy without knowing their respective languages, same is true for every western country in the world. No German company of hundreds of people is going to switch to speaking english to one another to appease their American intern.

Also Chinese tourists in Japan often can speak Chinese since many relevant stores are now staffed by Chinese. I rarely hear English used.

Btw Rakuten changed their official business language to English a few years ago; have a guess at what language their morning meetings in Setagaya is in though :D

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Posted in: Indonesian man sues after being sent home for lack of Japanese skills See in context

I'd like to go to a foreign country, get paid to study the language, flunk my exams and sue them for my failures as well :D

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Posted in: Group referred to prosecutors for bed prank at Shibuya crossing See in context

So more people have now been referred to prosecutors for this than when ten identified people toppled a small truck in the same neighbourhood on Oct 31 last year.

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Posted in: Expensive tissue paper at Osaka prison prompts human rights concern See in context

You still need paper even if the toilet is a squat toilet obviously. Even if they all had Apricot Washlets in their cells.

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Posted in: Brazilian man dies after being arrested for attacking police officer in koban See in context

alwaysspeakingwisdomToday 07:46 am JST

"As it happened in a Koban, there should be video footage to either corroborate or disprove the police account of events."

The vast majority of Kobans don't have cctv.

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Why are people voting down this comment? It's an objective truth. In fact most Koban don't even have officers in them

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Posted in: Akita dog to be honored for coming to rescue of elderly woman See in context

"An Akita dog, a Japanese breed popularized in the U.S. film "Hachiko" starring Richard Gere"

Yeah... Maybe research that one a little more.

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Posted in: Tokyo Olympic organizers unveil torch for 2020 games See in context

I also think it looks like a muffler :D

Maybe from a Pagani Zonda

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Posted in: Japanese actor and musician Pierre Taki arrested for alleged cocaine use See in context

Your example of a great artistic talent saved by drug leniency is... rd jr? :v

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Posted in: Osaka pick-up artist arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman he got drunk for lesson See in context

As a woman, it scares the hell out of me to know there are men whose "prime directive" is to get laid. I know this ain't Star Trek, but rather than "treat people with respect and engage in a consensual mutually beneficial sexual relationship" your prime directive is "to get laid"?

I think you are mixing up the lines a little, I was describing the common strategy of "pick up artists" as can be seen in various youtube videos, not my own personal philosophy.

Strangerland, regarding my assumptions, the wikipedia article for pick up artists says; "a movement of men whose goal is seduction and sexual success with and access to women", and "refer to their clubs as "lairs"", I think this is quite specific and suggestive of a short term and somewhat predatory philosophy :)

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Posted in: Osaka pick-up artist arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman he got drunk for lesson See in context

StrangerlandMar. 11 08:51 pm JST

I still think you are working on incorrect assumptions. If you teach someone how to have more confidence, how to dress better, and how to decide which things are better unsaid, these aren't lies, they are simply showing someone how to make themselves more appealing, to emphasize what they do have. And if they improve themselves to the point that a woman becomes attracted to the new them, then I think you can hardly call her a victim. Rather, she's now presented with someone that she is attracted to.

Hardly! You're talking about relationship coaches, "pick up artists" nearly always promote themselves as hunters, "emphasizing what they have" sounds very sweet, but psychological manipulation and attempts to undermine people's self confidence is usually the name of the game. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, as you say getting laid is the prime directive of any species, but I think even this crowd frowns openly at using alcohol to this extent.

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Posted in: Surveillance proposed by defense team likely helped Ghosn secure bail See in context

expatToday 10:29 am JST

Anyone else ever heard of a judge setting a $9 million bail? And it's not like the country is exactly full of bail bondsmen...

Just what do you think the bail is for? It is set according to the defendants available funds, the whole point is that it needs to be high enough to discourage flight. Bail bonds are illegal in every country but the US and, I think, the Philippines, precisely because they undermine the bail system, however most countries aren't in the habit of keeping people locked up until their trials in the first place so bail is a somewhat unusual concept.

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Posted in: Farmer investigated for selling wagyu cattle sperm to smuggler See in context

juminRheeToday 03:41 am JST

I think ignorance of the law could work here. Who would've thought you can't sell "seeds." Why is selling flower "sperm" (seeds) legal but not cow? Hate to be the inspector....

You can't just carry seeds or plants into a foreign country either, it is much more actively enforced than.. this.

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Posted in: 24 of 50 new slots at Haneda to be given to Japanese, U.S. airlines See in context

RecklessToday 10:02 am JSTI much prefer to use Haneda for domestic and international flights as it is much closer to Tokyo. Narita really has nothing going for it thanks to the 90 minute bus ride that you must take after a 12 hour flight, or a 70 minute train ride with nowhere to put your luggage also after a 12 hour flight. From Haneda there are bus, train and taxi options.

Don't take the NEX! The Keisei Skyliner hits Ueno in 35min for a fraction of the NEX ticket price, this is a lot faster than any route to Haneda unless you start out in Shinagawa or Shibuya.

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Posted in: Vietnamese woman escapes from detention at Narita airport See in context

theFuToday 01:04 am JSTShe should have requested asylum.

ahahahahaha

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Posted in: Businesses struggle as cracks appear in China's economy See in context

RecklessJan. 28 11:22 am JST

I really think Trump had nothing to do with this, but conveniently the Chinese government can use him as a scapegoat.

Scapegoat? They won't credit any American with torpedoing their economy obviously, especially as this was kind of the entire idea behind the tariffs.

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Posted in: Japanese students’ eyesight the worst in recent years; smartphones and mobile games are blamed See in context

Screen use, reading small print, looking at bright screens in a dark room etc do not cause bad eyesight, these are urban myths.

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Posted in: Panel proposes mass evacuation of coastal areas if mega quake hits See in context

The article clearly says this is for the Western and Central regions, why is everyone talking about evacuating Tokyo?

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

Samurai DaveToday 10:05 am JST

I saw that news on Japanese TV and they interview some of the foreign interns. Most of them were complaining of working long hours and getting a very low wage for their work. Some of them are paid as low as 300 yen an hour.

Internships aren't paid positions in Japan, the organizing company pays their living expenses and they are there to learn skills, not get rich.

You seem to be under the impression they are free slave labour, in fact there are large time investments to train interns to perform tasks relevant to their field of study and they are often only engaged for a couple of months. Unless they get hired on full time later, having interns is a financial expense for most office based businesses.

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Posted in: 2 yakuza members arrested for Amazon gift card racket netting them Y75 mil See in context

How is this a "gift card racket"? It sounds more like plain extortion, and why she would have 25000k in gift cards is anyone's guess, how they knew about it is even more interesting.

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Posted in: 17-year-old girl hit and killed by train in Saitama Pref See in context

I think there is some confusion about this train, an Utsunomiya line train wouldn't pass through Ageo, it was likely a Takasaki line train.

The procedures are difficult to learn since train companies refuse to discuss them, but I have been told they may seek damages up to a million yen.

Remember that it happens nearly every day and that each incident affects 20 000 - 50 000 passengers and causes damage to both material and personnel.

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Posted in: Mother indicted after 1-year-old son dies after falling off electric bicycle See in context

We don't know if the kids wore helmets, but if they didn't, this is negligence, though she'll probably get a suspended sentence.

The riding around in traffic with 2-3 kids on a bicycle without helmets needs to stop and since police aren't motivated to hassle people unless they are middle school students, it's up to the courts

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Posted in: Taxi driver arrested for fatally hitting hire car driver See in context

It says there is a dash cam in the taxi so it will obviously show whether the car accelerated before or after the driver re-entered it.

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Posted in: Nursery school head, ex-employee to be charged over child’s death in swimming pool See in context

It's not always obvious when people are drowning, they don't scream and splash. Many people aren't aware of this

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Posted in: JR doing away with train departure chimes on Joban line in bid to stop dangerous mad dashes See in context

People do the mad dash to reach the train despite there coming one 3min later because they have a connecting train further down the line with a two minute window, if they miss that, the next one isn't an Express and their work commute becomes 20min longer.

Sure, get up earlier you say, but people aren't paid for commuting time and most people prefer to spend as little time riding the tincans as possible.

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Posted in: JR East reports about 350 cases of obstructed travel incidents since March See in context

zichiMay 30 07:35 pm JSTLast week JR East apologized for a train leaving 25 seconds early.

And so they should. A delay usually has some kind of reason, but leaving before the scheduled time is carelessness.

Lately there are lots of delays that aren't necessarily suicide related, Saikyousen has a couple of minutes delays nearly every morning. There is usually a peak in accidents in May and September in connection with the end of holidays but I don't know what causes the general minor delays.

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